25th Kansas City - 22,99626th Seattle - 22,49327th Houston - 21,28328th CLEVELAND - 20,677 29th Oakland - 20,64830th Tampa Bay - 20,572
We did it!
The Indians have reached that spot which they have a complete lock on - baseball purgatory with ~50 games to go.
The team is out. The season is over. The fans know it's over. For us, do we even care if they win or lose anymore? Not just a shot at the Indians, but Cleveland sports in general.
They simply exist and linger.
There is literally no hope in Cleveland sports right now - it's absolutely awful.
Back in 1995, the Mets had a trio of prospects that were ready to start. They were very high on them, all 3 on top prospect list, and when they all started their MLB careers, either they had awful seasons, due to pressure or injuries affected them. Jason Isringhausen was the other starter, and despite his injuries, he turned himself into becoming a reliable reliever. He was the only one of the 3 to have any substantial MLB career. The point is prosepcts are nice and all, but at the end of the day, that is all they are....just prospects. Until they prove they can be durable, and not only stay in MLB, but produce too. There is a greater chance that either both or one of them will fail. It's very rare to have both players become bonafide MLB aces. And now, people are already saying Alex White should be converted to a reliever.
Going back to 2011, you MAKE that deal. The only thing that was probably dumb on Antonelli's part was dealing both of them, or giving Colorado 4 prospects, because now there more than likely wasn't a deal that Colorado had talked with Boston about, although with their current rotation too, they could use him too, since he already has a MLB career, that had shown he can win. His biggest problem is his own head, but I still would have traded one of those 2 prospects for Ubaldo, even now.
I know it's very easy to pick on the FO for last year's trade last season, because of what happened this season, but I refuse to do it. I would do it again, if the Indians were in position to contend, but I would have done it a bit differently. I would have put my foot down, and just gave them 3 prospects, and keep one of them. We have seen this season teams not unload on much to get a bonafide player to help them out, but Chris was the rookie GM, so he gave in and not been in control of this.
However, this offseason I will dog him down as much as I can, because bottom line is he fumbled the ball. Even at the trade deadline, he did nothing, and you never know a move could have uplifted this team and they never would have had an 11 game losing streak. But unfortunately, we will never know.